In terms of All-Star-caliber consistency, you can’t get much steadier than Kevin Love’s been through the first eight games of the season.
He’s tied for the league’s best mark with seven double-doubles so far – averaging 18.4 points and 11.4 boards. There’s nothing to suggest he won’t continue that stretch on Friday night in D.C.
In three games against the Wizards last season, Love averaged a double-double (23.3 ppg, 11.7 rpg), shooting an even 50 percent from the floor, including 53 percent from long-range.
As great as LeBron’s performance was in last year’s overtime thriller here at Capital One Arena, Love’s might’ve been that much better – exploding for 39 points on 11-for-17 shooting, including 6-of-10 from long-range and 11-for-11 from the stripe, adding 12 rebounds, three assists and three steals in 42 minutes of work.
Normally, Love would square off against Markieff Morris, who returns tonight from a one-game suspension. But with Tristan Thompson out for maybe a month with a left calf strain, Love might have to deal with the Polish Hammer, Marcin Gortat, who’s currently averaging a double-double himself –11.9 ppg, 10.1 rpg — trying to do so for the third time in his career.